The Must-Pack Packing List for Your Fall Camping Trip

by The Texas Lifestyle Magazine team on September 23, 2021 in Food, Drink, Gift Guides, Lifestyle, Fashion, Home, Travel,
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This fall, give the gift of a comfortable and unforgettable camping trip with these 17 essentials! Get ready to pack up the van for your next camping trip with our outdoorsy gift guide, with its great choice of items for all ages. 

(Looking for tips on where to head to? Why not check out all that the great State Parks of Texas have to offer?)

AROUND THE CAMPFIRE

Spa Girl Cocktails

Spa Girl Cocktails are perfect for bringing along on your next camping adventure. These ready-to-drink vodka cocktails will give you a buzz without all the calories and sugar. Each 3oz serving contains only 66 calories, 2 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of sugar! This 11.5% ABV cocktail is best enjoyed chilled or on the rocks. Not only are they low in calories, they’re really refreshing and easy to drink, whether near the river or campfire. $40-$149

Elijah Craig Bourbon

For some, a fall camping trip requirement is a good sipping whiskey. Expertly aged in Level 3 charred oak barrels, Elijah Craig’s award-winning Small Batch Bourbon is known for its signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavors, making it the perfect beverage for around the campfire or to be paired with s’mores. Hand selected by master distillers, this bourbon will make your camping trip so much smoother. $32.99

Le Grand Verre Wines

We love these cute plastic bottles of wine that make it simple to carry them to a park for camping. Each slim Le Grand Verre bottle is one large pour of wine. Sustainable and tasty, made with organic grapes, we recommend their whites and roses which are easily transportable. From $20/4-pack

Lift Chocolates

Want to take a little luxe on your camping trip? Every good trip needs to include some chocolate, and we’re not just talking about s’mores. Lift Chocolate delivers handmade specialty chocolates crafted with pure ingredients that look almost too pretty to eat. These artistic and innovative flavor combinations are all-natural, and they have several items that are also dairy-free. These chocolatiers pride themselves on making everything by hand, from their custom mix of chocolate to their delicious caramel. Treat ‘yo self! From $8

Wearable Sleeping Bag from Selk’bag

Maybe you like to camp but you just get too cold at night. Another brilliant invention is the Selk’bag—the perfect addition to your camping gear to stay cozy all night. Sleeping bags are so 2020. With this bag, you can wear it by the fire, sitting somewhere with a great view, watching the sunrise, stargazing and more. Just cuddle up inside and feel the warmth. $129-$249

HOME COMFORTS

Fluff Co’s Down & Feather Pillow

When camping this fall, why not bring a 5-star luxury pillow that brings hotel comfort to your tent? Fluff Co is an eco-friendly brand with quality and affordable prices because of its supplier-direct relationships. The suppliers are the same bedding and linen manufacturers of well-known and popular luxury hotel chains, like Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons. Yes, Fluff Co products have the same materials without the over-priced markup. The down and feather pillow is so soft and comfy, holds shape nicely, and has great support. Sleep comfortably under the stars with this ultimate hotel pillow. $75

Outdoor Dining Blanket from GreatUsefulStuff.com

Sometimes, it’s warm in the day and cools down in the evening, which makes for a great camping trip. But, us Texans get cold. Want to dine outside, but the campfire just isn’t cutting it? This Outdoor Dining Blanket is the solution. It’s warm, portable (easy to fold up and lightweight),  snappable, and simple to wipe clean. What more could you want or need for evening camping? $34.99

MPOWERD’s Luci Solar Bike Light Set

The Luci Solar Bike Light Set is perfect for bike trails and family riding on that outdoor adventure. The set includes a headlight and tail light, as well as two adjustable bands to securely mount both lights on your bike. The light is rechargeable via solar panel and USB (cord included). With a headlight that shines up to 100 lumens and lasts up to 15 hours on a single charge, the tail light also shines up to 40 lumens and lasts up to 3 hours on a single charge. Both lights have four modes: low, medium, high, and flashing. This solar bike light set is a must-have. Easy to charge and easy to use with a magnetic smart design system that allows the tail light to charge off of the headlight’s power. It’s super lightweight, water resistant, and the lights are highly visible even during daylight. $54.95

EarPeace Ear Plugs

We all love the sounds of nature, but when you need to tune out the world and get some rest, EarPeace SLEEP ear plugs are the answer. Designed to bring maximum comfort while gently lowering background noise, these ear plugs make rest easy, even when you might have tent neighbors playing music or park dogs barking. $19.95

Third Eye Headlamps

For late night reading, walking or any activity you may need to do on your camping trip, let these headlights lead the way. It’s no wonder that Third Eye Headlamps are gaining popularity (with celebs like Drew Barrymore) as they are so helpful when holding a flashlight is just too much. They’re also waterproof. $49.99 (headlamp), $12 (headband)

CROSSNET Game

We love taking portable games on camping trips to keep us active and busy during the day. CROSSNET is a cross between foursquare and volleyball that’s fun for everyone, from kids to serious competitors. CROSSNET, partners with USA Volleyball and Wilson, can be quickly set up with not much space—-whether on grass, sand or dirt—-and provide hours of fun. It’s best played with four participants but you can get creative with more or less. $149.99

LIGHTEN THE LOAD

Urban Hiker Pack

From chic backpacks and camping equipment to hydration packs and travel accessories, Outdoor Products has some sporty gifts for everyone to enjoy. The Urban Hiker Pack holds everything you need in your next camping adventure. This handy backpack has 8 interior accessory pockets and a roomy main compartment to fit clothes, shoes, and whatever your camping adventure calls for. $60

’73 Originals’ Super Duffle Bag

For the fashion-forward hikers, check out ’73 Originals’ Super Duffle Bag. This water-resistant duffle has a removable shoulder strap and buckle top handle, a shoe garage, side pockets, an internal mesh accessory pocket, and slim pockets on each end. It can store up to 35.5 liters. This super duffle bag is perfect for every form of travel, whether it’s camping or your next overnight bag. $80

CAMP IN STYLE

Women’s Packable Down Jacket from Wantdo

This durable, water-repellent jacket from Wantdo is not only stylish, but also has breathable, light material and can be packed down—-perfect for hiking on the go. The comfortable elastic cuffs and hem seal in warmth, while the multiple pockets provide storage for all your camping knick knacks and tools. Another cool feature of this jacket is the media port for headphone lines: an opening designed on the inner pocket for earphone wire and a small loop on the left shoulder to fasten and support headphone cords, making it convenient for you to listen to music while jogging, hiking or riding a bike. $52.76

La Jolla High-Rise Leggings from McKee Performance Wear

Comfy leggings can be worn 24/7 on a camping trip. The La Jolla High Rise Leggings are the classic supportive legging with a twist. With soft fabric, in three colorways, these will be your new go-to legging. $65

Khaki Jeans from Revtown

The Khaki Jean is like the cool, big brother of those baggy department store pants mom bought for you. Revtown took all the design and comfort of their jeans and “khakified” them in a slew of colors, bringing you some comfortable pants for your next camping trip. (But don’t get us wrong, these pants are ones he’ll want to wear just about everywhere!) $79

Attitude Living Face Moisturizer Mineral Sunscreen 

Keep your face moisturized and protected against the elements on your next camping trip. Attitude Living Mineral sunscreen for face and body is SPF 30 and forms a physical barrier that protects against both UVA and UVB rays—-imperative when you’re outdoors. This sunscreen uses natural ingredients like non-nano zinc oxide to offer broad-spectrum protection. Unscented, hypoallergenic and dermatologically tested, it is appropriate for sensitive skin. $11.20


Cover photo courtesy Jack Sloop on Unsplash

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